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the entertainers, it's time for us to stand up now and renew this dream. that's what we got to do. >> we come today to not only celebrate and commemorate, but we come as the children of dr. king. >> we celebrate today that we have become a country that believes in equality, and we recommit ourselves to be a country that acts on that belief. >> and joining me now is washington post columnist eugene robins robinson, clip matthews, and nathan conley. we also have standing by ron allen at the lincoln memorial. chris and eugene, we're waiting to alert our audience of the founder and president of the children's defense fund. she served as council for mlk's poor people campaign. she will be speaking shortly. the anticipation is growing to the president's remarks. >> yes, i think we've heard a lot of great oratory today, but the concrete news story for tomorrow morning's papers and tonight on the nightly news is going to have to come from the president. he is really being set up here, if you will, to deliver something concrete. now, i really think it's important that he do that on the issue of jobs because
moments from now secretary of state john kerry will give a statement on the u.s. response to the syrian crisis. now, this comes as the white house moves closer towards military action against the syrian government, reportedly, in wake of last week's apparent chemical attack that took the lives of an estimated 355 people and injured thousands more. the question remains what might the intervention look like. u.n. officials came under sniper fire today in damascus as they set out to inspect the site of the alleged attack. now, the investigators carried out their mission despite the incoming fire collecting samples and interviewing several witnesses to the attacks as well as doctors who treated some of the victims. the white house, meanwhile, has been weighing its options and responding to the attack, including possible missile strikes. we go now to nbc's ayman mohyeldin reporting from cairo. as mentioned, those u.n. inspectors came under sniper fire, but they say they were able to collect evidence. when might we hear more on what they heard and what they were able to bring out of the area
. keeping up with them. i love it! [ male announcer ] helping you -- now that's what's important to us. >>> good friday. i'm craig melvin in for tamron hall. the news nation is following breaking news on the crisis in syria. president obama is expected to speak in a few minutes on syria. we will bring you his comments when those happen. meanwhile, within the past hour, secretary of state john kerry laid out the evidence the white house believes proves the assad regime was, in fact, behind the chemical attack that killed over 1,000 people, including 426 children. >> we know the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. we know that these were specific instructions. we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. we know where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. >> kerry's statement came after a national security council meeting led by president obama at the white house
" is following the new information on the global terror threat that is keeping more than a dozen u.s. embassies and consulates closed throughout the week. moments ago the state department gave an update on this ongoing threat. >> we are going to keep evaluating information as it comes in, keep analyzing the various intelligence that we're getting in regard to this stream. that's why you saw yesterday we announced that some would be reopening and some would be -- additional consulates and embassies would be closing today. we're going to keep analyzing the information and making adjustments where we need to. >> despite the threat, more than half a dozen u.s. embassies have reopened today, including kabul, baghdad, and tel aviv. 19 outposts will remain closed until at least saturday. 15 of them were closed yesterday. four diplomatic posts were added today, including madagascar, rwanda. while speaking with nbc's chuck todd this morning, congressman adam shif, a member of the house intelligence committee who's been briefed on threat, stressed how serious the administration is taking this. >> there's
for bradley manning for the biggest breach of classified data in u.s. history. one of his biggest advocates will join me live with her reaction. >>> plus, president obama joins the fight for pit bulls. why the white house says laws that ban breeds considered dangerous are, quote, a waste of resources. >>> but first, the "news nation" is following two developing stories in syria and egypt. first, stern new reaction from the white house following reports that in the past 24 hours, the syrian government has killed more than 1,000 people using chemical weapons. now, the attack centered on ten towns it and villages near damascus. we want to warn you the video that's come in has been very disturbing. anti-government forces say more than 1200 people have been killed, many of those reportedly children. the video provided by the rebels and not verified by nbc news shows people struggling to breathe as rescuers scramble to save lives. it also shows rows of bodies on the ground. the syrian government denies any chemical weapons were used. the white house says it is deeply concerned and trying to get m
voting. african-americans tend to use early voting much more than whites and same-day registration more often because african-americans tend to move around more. if you move, you change your draer address, you have to update your registration. they do that more at the polls. not only that, if you cut a week out of early voting, you're going to vastly increase the long lines at the polls. they say about half of the state's voters actually voted early in north carolina, before election day. if you eliminate that period of time or reduce it by a week, you're going to make lines longer and that will do more to discourage voter turnout. >> pete, and the groups that are bringing forth these lawsuit, what are the grounds? do they have good standing? >> i don't think the standing is an issue. i think they will certainly be allowed to go into court and make their case. i think the big question here is, what's the federal government going to do? in the past, the federal government would have been able to use the voting rights act, the preclearance requirement, because north carolina was a covered
department, which has now issued a worldwide travel alert for u.s. citizens, warning for the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the middle east. that alert follows the department's pre-emptive plan to close at least 23 embassies in the middle east, central asia, and eastern africa. the list even includes the embassy in tel aviv, which is already closed on sundays. so far, the administration is not giving specifics of the threat, only saying that it is linked to al qaeda and possibly tied to ramadan. republican congressman ed royce reiterated the state department's assertion that the closures are being ordered out of caution. >> we're going to take whatever steps necessary to protect our personnel overseas. when we do have an indication of a threat, we take that seriously. if we have an indication of when that threat will manifest itself, it's my understanding that it is al qaeda linked, all right? and the threat emanates in the middle east and in central asia. >> and for now, the closures are just for sunday, but the state department says that could certainly change. they
ask your doctor about cialis for daily use and a 30-tablet free trial. >>> right now "news nation," an unprecedented $765 million settlement between the nfl and thousands of players suing over concussions. >>> fast food fight. what could be the largest day of walkouts by workers demanding they deserve more than minimum wage. >>> plus, new protests against a judge who verbally attacked a 14-year-old rape victim who committed suicide. >>> but first the "news nation" is following the congressional briefing expected to happen in just a few hours between top white house officials and congressional leaders on the crisis in syria. now one of the top questions, the evidence u.s. intelligence has gathered on the assad regime's reported use of chemical weapons. the conference call briefing will include secretary of state john kerry and defense secretary chuck hagel and will only include chair men and ranking members of certain congressional committees, but 116 lawmakers from both parties are now asking the president to obtain full congressional authorization before carrying out any military
tried to stop what he felt was a u.s. war on the muslim religion. nbc's mark potter has been following this case. mark, there's such outrage that hasan is serving as his own attorney and may cross-examine some of the people he's accused of trying to kill. >> reporter: that's right. one of the victims we talked to actually said he was anxious about that and in some ways looking forward to that. this is his chance, actually, to stare down hasan and tell him face to face what happened. so far -- and what he feels about what happened to him nearly four years ago when this particular victim was shot seven times. i was in the courtroom this morning. it was an interesting scene. it was very quiet in there. hasan himself is sitting there in his wheelchair. he's wearing an acu, an army combat uniform, a camouflage top. he's got a full beard. his haircut very short on the sides, bald on top. he's very quiet. no histrionics. no drama at all. when he gave the statement that you were talking about which lasted just a couple minutes, you almost had to strain to hear him as he sat in his chair talkin
strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in egypt. violence will only make it more difficult to move egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy and runs directly counter to the pledges by president interim government to pursue reconciliation. we also strongly oppose a return to a state of emergency law and call on the government to respect basic human rights such as freedom of peaceful assembly and due process under the law. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us live from cairo. what's the current situation? again, we're reporting that the curfew is supposed to be in effect, but what more are you hearing about that? >> reporter: well, the curfew a short while ago was extended. it's going to start in one hour from now. that is 9:00 p.m. local time. now, the daily curfew will be from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. local time. because today was the first day, the egyptian cabinet announced it was going to give two additional hours for the curfew to kick into effect. so it has not yet started. that's why you could probably see or hear behind me a little bit of traff
with respect to the u.s./egyptian relationship. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us from cairo. how volatile is the current situation right now? >> reporter: well, for the second straight night the curfew has gone into effect and you can probably see the streets behind me, a lot quieter than they usually are on a thursday night. it is the beginning of the weekend, end of the work week here. these streets would be bustling. it gives you a sense of how tense the atmosphere is across the country. today a lot of the supporters of the ousted president who were mourning what happened yesterday, more than 500 people were killed, a lot of those people were given the chance today to recover the bodies of the victims. there are allegations being traded. they're not able to access their bodies because the government is prohibiting them. it's making it a more complicated process. they're alleging that the government is trying to cover up the overall casual at this figures of what happened yesterday. supporters of the ousted president, mostly members of the muss lick brotherhood, participated in several
to a potential u.s. military strike against syria. >>> no evidence. the lawyer for one of two teens it accused of killing an 88-year-old veteran insists there's nothing linking the boys to the crime. >>> and one city's proposal to remove the homeless from its streets. hi, i'm richard lui in for tamron hall. we begin with developing news about what appears to be an imminent military attack against syria. in the last hour, the white house made it clear that syria's use of chemical weapons leaves it no choice but to act. >> what the president is engaged in is a process of deciding, as he consults with international allies and as his administration consults with congress, about what the appropriate response to this flagrant violation of international norms should be. and there must be a response. >> that just in. senior u.s. officials telling nbc news that air strikesing start as early as thursday. in an interview with the bbc today, secretary of defense chuck hagel saying the u.s. military is ready now should the president order action against syria. >> suffice to say, the options are there. the
mohyeldin joins us live from cairo. what's happening right now, ayman? >> reporter: well, a few different things that are unfolding. you are looking at those images on your screen of that building that was on fire. that was near ramsey square. it is an office building, we understand, belonging to a major construction company here in egypt. that has been set on fire. according to egyptian state television, as fire trucks were trying to get to the front lines to try to put out those fires, they came under attack. it's not clear yet who was behind the shooting, but they have been hindered in being able to address that. now, this comes as a curfew here in cairo has gone into effect. it's been about an hour now since the beginning of the third night of a military-imposed curfew. very few people out on the streets. the government saying tonight it was really going to enforce that curfew and arrest anyone who remains out. obviously, that is coming on the heels of a very violent day, one that saw a lot of confrontation between supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi and the muslim brothe
. what can you tell us about this verdict? >> reporter: well, hi, mara. that verdict came after about seven hours of deliberations by the u.s. army jury panel. as you said, they found nidal hasan guilty of all charges. they reached that verdict unanimously. he was found guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder, 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder. hasan showed no signs of emotion in the courtroom. family members were there. they were silent, as instructed by the judge, but some of them were in tears. hasan, who never offered up a defense, never gave a closing statement, now faces a sentencing hearing beginning here at ft. hood on monday at 9:00 a.m. 13 membof the family members, e one of them representing the 13 people killed in that rampage, will be allowed to speak to the panel. the government will also have some expert witnesses. the most important point is that prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty. the other option is life in prison. we do not know in nidal hasan will make a statement. he has that right. he has not said whether he'll have any witnesses. he has sa
it does not do to assist the u.s., has been helpful in some ways. he may talk about their cooperation after the boston marathon bombings or some of their assistance with respect to what's been going on in afghanistan, being able to get supply lines through and that sort of thing. but on some very key, very public issues, there's been a really chilly reaction to what the president has been saying and what vladimir putin's steps have been that assigning of asylum for as much as a year for edward snowden has put a real spotlight on the relationship. it's easier at the ministerial level for those conversations to go on today with secretaries it hagel and kerry. on the presidential level, when you sort of pit barack obama and vlad mifr putin t gets even more tense. i'm sure he'll be asked about that. and with respect to these nsa programs, there are foreign policy implications, of course. other countries are paying attention to what gets leaked. other countries are also engaged in their own forms of surveillance, but it does have an influence on foreign policy. >> kelly o'donnell at the wh
the 11 years and atrocities you inflicted on us. i will think of you hypocrite particularically going to church every sunday, coming home to torture us. you don't deserve that. you deserve life in prison. >> we stand before you and promise you. she laughs, she swims, she dances and more importantly, she loves and she's loved. she will finish school, go to college, fall in love and if she chooses, she will get married and have children. she is where we will continue to put in our energy. she was not only a victim but a survivor. >> my sister would say the same things. please respect her privacy. she does not want other people to talk or write about what happened. now that there will be no trial there doesn't seem to be any reason at all why people cannot do what she asks. amanda did not control anything for a long time. please let her control -- have control over this so she can protect her daughter. >> then in a shocking rambling and somewhat delusional statement ariel castro claimed he created a normal house of harmony for the victims. at one point he even turned toward michelle knig
. he joins us. mark, that was one of the other points of outrage for some people is that hasan would be in a position to cross examine some of the very people he's accused of shooting down that day. he's not done so so far. what else are you seeing in court today? >> reporter: well, aside from the argument you were talking about, it will go to an appeals court, it was very dramatic testimony as soldiers and former soldiers took to the stand to describe what happened on november 5th, 2009, when 13 people were killed here, 31 were injured in this rampage shooting at a processing center. soldiers, former soldiers told of seeing others being shot, hearing them scream, watching them die, being shot themselves. it was very, very dramatic. one of them, staff sergeant michael davis, said that he heard a young woman screaming out, my baby, my baby, my baby. and we know that a 21-year-old soldier, francesca velez, private first class from chicago was shot and killed. she was nine weeks pregnant. another soldier shot four times said he looked over his shoulder and he saw ayman there standing th
a key provision of the 1965 voting rights act. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us live. it's making headlines. >> it escalates the battle. the center piece is the supreme court's decision striking down the heart of the voting rights act. before the court ruled texas had to get preclearance for any changes on the election law and the federal court said no both to texas changing its voter i.d. law and redrawing its district lines for congressional and legislative districts. after that the justice department is pursuing new courts. we can't stop you under the old voting rights act but we'll use a new section to claim this voter i.d. law is unconstitutional. a written statement says we will not allow the supreme court's decision to be determined as open season for the states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights. what the court is saying -- or the justice department now is, rather, saying it's unconstitutional on its face and it's also asking the court in texas to use a new section of the voting rights act to say texas is still on purpose and by effect discrim
us on supplying our troops in afghanistan. they're still helping us on counterterrorism work. they were helpful after the boston bombing. but there have been times where they slipped back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. >> joining me now, nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. we heard rumblings this was happening. the president making it official this morning. a pretty tepid response from russia. any chance this might all be resolved before the meeting next month? >> reporter: well, there's always that chance. russian officials saying that the meeting is still open to president obama if he should change his mind. but it doesn't appear as though that's going to happen unless we see some major change in terms of how russia has decided to deal with edward snowden. you bring up an important point, tamron. the white house has been sort of dangling this in front of russia for a number of days. then when we learned last week that russia did grant temporary asylum to snowden, it seemed all but a foregone conclusion. in that statement today, the white hou
looking for tax breaks includes low-income housing but proposes those residents use a separate entrance. >>> plus, veteran denied his dream to play college football, but this college athlete is being told he can't play for the ncaa this season. >>> but first, the "news nation" is following saudi arabia's new message to the west over egypt. if you pull aid, we'll, quote, offer a helping hand. saudi arabia's foreign minister pledged his helping hand to the egyptian military has president obama faces growing calls from members of congress to cut off billions of dollars of aid to egypt. >> if we threaten to cut off aid and not do it, you lose your credibility and influence. >> with the recent violent crack dou crackdown, i do not see how we can continue aid. >>> also, a court ordered that hosni mubarak, the former dictator deposed in the arab spring uprising, ordered he be released while awaiting trial. attorneys for mubarak said he could be free within days, though some say that's unlikely. the news came hours after mass gunmen attacked many buses carrying egyptian police officers
the press" this sundays, discussing the u.s. aid, the billions of dollars sent to egypt from this country. let's play it. >> the acts of the last few days by the egyptian military are completely unconscionable. i do believe we have to change our aid. i think also we have to have included in the legislation and national security waiver. >> p.j., a spokesperson said the same thing, that the aid is under review. put this in perspective now that you have saudi arabia saying we will fill the hole if said is removed. it seems all along that we in the states were talking about possible influence in egypt because of these billions of dollars when, in fact, this money could have always been replaced by other arab nations. >> sure. i mean, it just highlights that we have a relatively weak hand we're plag we're playing. we're a relatively influential country, but our ability to direct what's happening in egypt and the ripple effects of democracy in that country, what it says about the reach and the position of the united states in the region, you know, events are being driven by others. we're reacti
it in the control room as well, if they can let me know what the verdict is. >> again, for those just joining us, it's breaking news coverage right now of the whitey bulger trial. our kristen dahlgren is on the scene. this is after five days of deliberations that this boston jury has come back with a verdict, all in reference to the federal racketeering charges against a person known in boston and certainly around the country as being this infamous mob boss. he he faces life in prison if found guilty of these 19 counts of murder and dozens of other charges. kristen, any word yet from our producer inside? >> reporter: yeah, still no word. the foreman is sitting forward in his chair, we're reading. a lot of tweets. any second now. the judge was looking over the verdict. again, a really long verdict form. had to look at each of those counts to make sure it was filled out properly. so the judge now looking through those. then we'll wait to hear it actually being read out in the courtroom. so a lot of anticipation here as we wait for that. and one reason this case has struck so much interest is that whit
for tomorrow on whether hosni mubarak will be released from prison. nbc's ayman mohyeldin in cairo for us. a lot to get to. seems to be a significant change here. >> reporter: it was. the arrest was certainly not a surprise, given the fact he was wanted by authorities here for the past several weeks. he is accused of inciting violence, particularly inciting his protesters to commit violence and acts of murder. there are several other leaders also on the run. the organization right now is in disarray. despite that, they did make an announcement today replacing him with an interim leader. that leader sr. actually even more hawkish. he's expected to even strike a slightly hard tone within the ongoing crisis here in the country. so you can expect that the muslim brotherhood is not backing down. in fact, they've been insisting all along they will not cower to this military dictatorship. they will continue to organize protests. now that it has an interim leader who's more hawkish, there are still concerns that the group may try in the coming days to create more unrest or civil disobedience. tam
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